Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway M1 is now Open for Traffic

Posted on November 11, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Economy & Development
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Owais Mughal

The 155 km long Motorway M1 between Islamabad and Peshawar in now open for traffic in its entirety. The 117 km portion of it got inaugurated on October 30, 2007.

M1‘s construction work was initially started in the year 1993 by a Turkish company Bayindar but it left the work incomplete in 1997. The contract was the re-awarded to a consortium called PMC-JV in 2003.

The speed limit on M1 is 120 kmph and it is completed at a cost of Rupees 16 bn.

M1 has 9 interchanges at Fatehjang, Bhatar, Burhan, Rashaki, Swabi, Chachh (under construction), Charsadda, Northern Bypass and Ring road on N-5. There are 3 major bridges on Haro, Indus and Kabul rivers, 18 flyovers, 27 other bridges, 137 underpasses and 571 culverts. 10 services areas— five on the each side of the motorway— would be provided out of which, four mini service areas at km-4 and km-106 have been completed. Six main service areas at Haro bridge, Indus River and Kabul River will start functioning after some time as they are still under constructions

The proposed Pakistan Motorway project is approximately 3000 km long network of access controlled, signal free highways. With the inauguration of M1, 768 km of this network is now operational. Following is the complete list of motorway sections planned and operational in Pakistan.

M1: Peshawar – Islamabad : 155 km (6 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational)
M2: Islamabad – Lahore: 367 km (6 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational)
M3: Pindi Bhattian – Faisalabad: 53 km (4 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational)
M4: Faisalabad – Multan: 243 km (proposed 4 Lane)
M5: Multan – Dera Ghazi Khan: 65 km (proposed 4 Lane)
M6: Dera Ghazi Khan – Rato Dero: 450 km (proposed 4 Lane)
M7: Rato Dero – Karachi: 303 km (proposed 2 Lane)
M8: Gawadar – Ratodero: 1072 km (under construction, 2 Lane road completed and operational)
M9: Karachi – Hyderabad: 136 km (4 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational, 6 Lanes planned)
M10: Karachi Northern Bypass: 57 km (6 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational)
Shahrah-e-Sanat Lahore- Sialkot: 101 km (under construction)
TOTAL : 3002 km

Sunset Over M1

Following photo was taken on October 4, 2008 and is courtesy of Anjum Riaz at APP. It shows sunset on M1.

Related ATP Posts:

1. Traveling on the N5: Part I
2. Traveling on the N5: Part II
3. Traveling on the N5: Part III

53 responses to “Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway M1 is now Open for Traffic”

  1. Wasim says:

    Motorway M8 is now Open for Traffic As Per NHA…..

    Owais pls comment and publish the same…..

  2. farrukh raza says:

    very very great thinking.very appreciable work 4rm govt of Pakistan.i hope that this work will save Pakistan 4rm any kind of disaster and Pakistan will be on the way to develop. than x
    farrukh raza

  3. Adnan Ali says:

    salam dear sir..
    i hav 2 knw abt the motorway m1.. either its closed today or opened now..
    plz send me ur toll plaza contact number for assistance..

  4. Syed Tirmizi says:

    Assalam0alaikum guys… this is surely a very positive and the most creative way to promote Our Motherland “Pakistan” I highly appreciate it !

    i have also traveled through motorways M2: Islamabad – Lahore: 367 km (6 Lane, Access Controlled, Operational) orway-pride-for-pakistan/
    You guys might find it interesting …. :)

  5. Jahan-deeda says:

    I normally travel on M-1 ( Islamabad-Peshawar) & did so, again, only today. but I find my countrymen very anxious to rip-off the gauze-wire protective walls installed with great difficulty by the NHA; which makes it unsafe for motorists/others. I only hope that the well-being of our nation comes 1st & foremost, before they repeat that act.

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